Serzh Sargsyan stressed that this is the fifth meeting with His Holiness for the past few years, which speaks for itself.
It said the President thanked the Supreme Pontiff for his dedication and sustained attention to bilateral relations and for entertaining a honest and warm dialogue between Armenia and the Vatican.
The official visit of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to the Vatican kicked off with a one-on-one meeting with Pope Francis in the morning of April 5.
The Pope declared St. Gregory of Narek, 10th century prominent Armenian poet, monk, philosopher and theologian, as a Doctor of the Universal Church in February 2015 during the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Thus, Gregory of Narek and his legacy become the eternal symbol of solidarity of the two Christian communities, according to the President.
Sargsyan and the Pope both expressed willingness to continue developing and enhancing relations between Armenia and Vatican.
At the end of the meeting, the parties exchanged gifts. President Sargsyan presented the silver scale-model of St. Gayane Church to the Pope. The Pope, in turn, gave the marble copy of a sculpture depicting the Holy Family kept in the Vatican museums, as well as copies of his latest three books.
Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America; Archbishop Kegham Khatcherian, Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Greece; and father Bedros Manuelian, Head of Information Department of the Cilicia Catholicosate were a part of the Catholicos' delegation. His Book of Prayers, also known as "Book of Lamentations", a long mystical poem in 95 sections written around 977, has been translated into many languages.